Abuja—Medical experts have identified three main areas of infant and child health-care to include nutrition, skincare and neonatal resuscitation.
At a scientific forum held in Abuja on the theme: “ Promoting Sound Paediatric care for Neonates, Nutrition and Skin Health”, the experts argued that nutrition starts with exclusive breastfeeding for proper developmental milestones while skincare on medical basis ensures infant delicate skin is nurtured to guarantee protection of the internal organs as well as protective and barrier functions for effective performance of skin as excretory system and outpost for immune surveillance.
The third area which is neonatal resuscitation according to them helps to rescue endangered infants and neonates suffering from Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (NRDS/Hyaline Membrane Disease).
The scientific forum was organized by Thompson and Grace Pharmaceuticals Limited, Humana Infant Nutrition Products from Germany, and BLES from Canada
Mrs. Folasade Ewarts who presented a paper on Humana Nutrition Products, A Panacea for Healthy Child Nutrition identified mother’s milk as the best food for infants, but said where it is impossible to feed the children with mother’s milk as a result of lack of enough milk, illness or death, a credible alternative should be used.
Dr. Obumneke Genevieve Kalu, Medical Director, Thompson & Grace Pharmaceuticals Limited, in her presentation on Neonatal Resuscitation, submitted that improved techniques and potent surfactants will eliminate avoidable infant mortality, particularly the neonates at birth. She further submitted that the prevalence and high mortality rate of the new born and infants emanating from Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (NRDS/Hyaline Membrane Disease) are a known fact to Neonatologists.
This undisputed fact shows that much work need to be done to improve chances of survival of the neonates and premature babies often endangered with Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (NRDS/Hyaline Membrane Disease).